Do you want to learn how to design advanced wearables with Nordic SoCs? The winning projects from the Advanced Wearables Contest on Hackster.io are available for your reference now.
The world has encountered so many challenges to healthcare in the past two years, due to the Covid-19 crisis. As a leading company in low power wireless, Nordic Semiconductor called upon the Hackster community at the beginning of 2021 to create a product that solves a problem related to today's healthcare challenges. We provided 100 free hardware bundles to qualified applicants. The participants could work on two topics: "Build your dream smart wearable" and "Build a medical wearable for remote patient monitoring". Nordic organized two webinars, Advanced Wearables Project Support and Q&A and Get started on your Wearables project, to guide developers in quickly getting started with the nRF Connect SDK with our flagship short-range wireless powerful nRF5340 DK and the Power Profiler Kit II tool. We were happy to see discussions on the contest page as well as some support requests on our DevZone portal.
A total of 44 qualified submissions were listed once the competition ended. We received many innovative prototypes. Many developers have used their own Nordic DKs to participate in this contest, some of them even designed their own custom PCB and casing, which made their designs look like a real commercial product.
We announced the top 3 winners just before the summer holidays. They were the two best winners in Dream Smart Wearables and Remote Patient Monitoring, each receiving $500 Electronic Visa Gift Cards. The final grand prize for the overall best submission received a $2,000 Electronic Visa Gift Card. You can find them in the list below. The top 15 winners also got T-shirts, swag, surprise hardware for a value of $500. All of them have received their awards now. This contest resulted in lots of great projects utilizing Nordic HW and the nRF Connect SDK, and they will always be linked to the Nordic Semiconductor Hackster Community. Here, you can find more interesting projects powered by Nordic SoCs.
Best in Dream Smart Wearables: Posture Watchdog
A smart posture watchdog powered by machine learning. Combining the nRF5340 SoC and Edge Impulse Studio, this great submission shows how machine learning can make our smart wearables even smarter.
Best in Remote Patient Monitoring: EHM: Electrocardiography Holter Monitor
An electrocardiogram Holter monitor with heart rate analysis and a dashboard. This is a cheap and portable medical device prototype, and it also has huge market potential in other applications like sports science.
Grand prize: Affordable Remote Baby Vitals Monitoring/Alert System
A compact baby vital wearable with HR&SPO2 Monitoring&Alert functions. It is amazing that this project contains a whole solution of ‘Baby Guard’, from hardware including the PCB layout and 3D-printed casing to software(e.g. firmware, cloud server, mobile app, data visualization). The winner has explained why this project was important to him and his experience with our tools on the Nordic News page: Kangmin Xu wins Advanced Wearables contest using Nordic development tools.
In the future, Nordic plans to launch more activities on Hackster.io. Remember to join the Nordic Semiconductor Hackster Community to get reminders about upcoming activities. We are looking forward to seeing your innovative designs.